“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” Psalm 66:20
When I was 8 or 9 years old I went through a time of fear at night. Fear of things that I “saw”. I would have bad dreams about the persecution of Christians, and would wake up afraid and unable to sleep anymore. Many times I would cry…
But my dear father would hear me crying in the night and come to me. He would ask me what was wrong and when I told him I was afraid, he told me I need not fear, the LORD would protect me. He would then ask if I wanted him to pray with me. I always said “Yes.” When my father prayed, peace, reassurance and a calmness would fill my soul. I would then sleep soundly.
In the same way that I called upon my earthly father in my time of trouble, we should confidently cry unto our Heavenly Father. He has promised to hear our prayers. I know that He heard my dad’s prayers to comfort and dispel my fears, for the prayer was instantly gratified. I had/have faith in my earthly father to protect, care for and hear me when I call unto him. Do we, as God’s children, have the faith of a child in God?
I am so very thankful for my father for, not telling me, but showing me that I should call upon the Lord in the day of trouble. I am thankful that the Lord has promised to hear me. I am thankful that I can come boldly before His throne to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need, because I am covered in the righteousness of Jesus Christ!
Thank you heavenly Father for your mercy, and for the great gift you have given me in the form of my earthly father! Thank you Dad for all of your examples of faith and godliness! May the LORD be glorified and praised abundantly…
“… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”